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Skipping School

Fall is right around the corner and students all over the country are returning to school.  Taking a class or two each year not only fulfills my Florida Teaching Certificate requirements, it also motivates me.  Being in a studio setting with other artists inspires me to create.  Since I won’t be taking a class this fall, I will have to rely on gallery visits, long walks with Mother Nature, and my own imagination for the inspiration I crave.

“Coming Together”–Watercolor, Ink Pen, and Swarovski Crystals


“Nature’s Finest”–Watercolor, Ink Pen, and Swarovski Crystals


“Playing Dress Up”–Watercolor, Ink Pen, and Swarovski Crystals


“Circles”–Watercolor, Ink Pen, and Swarovski Crystals



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Bring it on!

Spring Term begins in ten short days, and I’m gearing up for my semester of ‘Independent Study’.  I’ve been considering the concept of ‘connection’ as a theme to explore over the next four months.  It’s a broad topic with both literal and figurative implications.  In other words, it’s a theme that offers plenty of wiggle room.  Bring it on, Spring Term–I’m ready!

A page from my sketchbook


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The Climb

The fall semester has ended, my grades are in, and now I can finally breathe again.  Like a hike to the top of a tall mountain, each class I take is a grand trek filled with amazing discoveries and unexpected twists and turns.  There is always a victorious cheer upon reaching the peak, and a feeling of loss as I take the lonely path back down to the base of the mountain.  Next semester, I am registered for ‘Independent Study’ with my painting professor.  This will enable me to concentrate on a body of work, or explore a theme of my choosing.  There are three weeks before I have to lace up my hiking boots and set off on the next leg of my journey.  I can see the top of the mountain, and it looks like a long rocky climb–but I know I can make it.

“Decorated Blacktop”–pen and watercolor on Arches Aquarelle


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Back to School

The fall semester starts in two short weeks and I can hardly wait. My heart skips a beat when I think about the textbook, supply list, and syllabus. If the fact that I’m a die-hard Trekkie doesn’t qualify me as a geek, my love of school definitely solidifies my status as a full-fledged nerd.

As a life-long student, I am very familiar with the phases of each college semester. Right now, I am basking in the “I can’t wait for school to start!” phase. This will be followed by the frightening “What have I gotten myself into?” phase, the short-lived “Am I going to be able to do this?” phase, the exhilarating “I love this class!” phase, the exhausting “Finals week is killing me!” phase, and then returning full circle to “I can’t wait for school to start!”

Each new semester brings unique challenges, dismal failures, and celebrated successes. But most importantly, it brings growth. I am pushed beyond what I thought I could do and dragged along in exciting new directions. I never want to lose my zest for learning. I guess that’s why I greet each new semester with such genuine enthusiasm. And unlike my younger classmates who might view the next two weeks as a slow march to the gallows, I just can’t wait to get back to school!

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